I know there’s been quite a bit of blog hopping first with Sunny, then Liane and Carol. Two of them were within the past two weeks. But Liane has extended a challenge to me, and somehow I can’t refuse.
My last novel, I deviated from my first love and wrote a children’s story, under my alternate name: Jewel Daniel. This new novel takes me back to my first love: writing romance as Jewel Amethyst.
Hurricane of the Heart
By Jewel Amethyst
1. What is the name of the character
There are two main characters that share the spotlight: Alia Graneau and Kyle Robinson and they are both fictional. Alia Graneau is an indigenous Caribbean woman of Kalinago descent, who despite working at a small hotel is very ambitious and desperate to achieve her lifelong career dreams. Kyle Robinson is a hard partying American tourist who is satisfied with mediocrity and shuns responsibility.
2. When and where is the story set
This story is set in the twenty-first century in the Caribbean Island of Dominica, dubbed “Nature Island” for its many mountains, rivers and rainforest that gives it an aura of natural beauty.
3. What should we know about him/her/them.
Alia: Alia’s driving force in life is her ambition to be a world class journalist. She tries to achieve her goal at all cost and has no room in her life for men, much less hard partying irresponsible men like Kyle Robinson. But when Hurricane Harriet destroys her whole world leaving her homeless and jobless, she is forced to make some very tough choices that involve trusting the same person that she shuns.
Kyle: Beneath Kyle’s laisez-faire exterior is a very strong yet sensitive leader. The only problem is that Kyle doesn’t know it. It takes the destruction of Hurricane Harriet and being stranded on the island, cut off from everyone else for Kyle to realize his strengths, his leadership qualities, and his need for Alia’s love.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The main conflict for Alia is whether to leave her home in the face of disaster and trust the irresponsible man she was falling for, or stay with her people to rebuild her country at the time they needed her most.
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
The personal goals for Alia and Kyle are quite different. Alia wants to escape a past of poverty. Kyle wants to escape the stifling clutches of his family. How they go about achieving their goals are quite different, but their paths to achieving those goals do overlap in a very intimate and intriguing way.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Hurricane of the Heart is the working title for this novel. As with most of my books whose final titles came after submission, I suspect this working title may change.
7. When can we expect the book to be published?
It should be available sometime in 2015.
For the next Blog Hop I nominate KeVin Killiany to take up the challenge.